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Noam Chomsky Documentary


Great overview of Chomsky’s work over the last five decades

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This video shows part of rhe classic Canadian documentary Manufacturing Consent based on the Noam Chomsky/Edward Herman book by the same name. Explores the propaganda model of the media.

By Noam Chomsky, Truthout in the USA:

Noam Chomsky: Issues That Obama and Romney Avoid

Friday, 05 October 2012 09:11

With the quadrennial presidential election extravaganza reaching its peak, it’s useful to ask how the political campaigns are dealing with the most crucial issues we face. The simple answer is: badly, or not at all. If so, some important questions arise: why, and what can we do about it?

There are two issues of overwhelming significance, because the fate of the species is at stake: environmental disaster, and nuclear war.

The former is regularly on the front pages. On Sept. 19, for example, Justin Gillis reported in The New York Times that the melting of Arctic sea…

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US ARMY “SPRAYED RADIOACTIVE PARTICLES ON ST. LOUIS”


St. Louis Community College-Meramec sociology professor Lisa Martino-Taylor told The Associated Press that her research showed that the Army may have sprayed radioactive particles with zinc cadmium sulfide while claiming that it was testing a smoke screen that could prevent Russians from observing St. Louis from the air.

digitaljournal.com/article/333710

Those tests were concentrated in predominately-black areas of the city, which Army documents called “a densely populated slum district.”

 

In 1994, the Army confirmed to Congress that St. Louis was chosen because it resembled Russian cities that the U.S. might have to attack with biological weapons.

 

“The study was secretive for a reason,” Martino-Taylor explained to KDSK last month. “They didn’t have volunteers stepping up and saying yeah, I’ll breathe zinc cadmium sulfide with radioactive particles.”

Click here for short film report from Press TV

Documents showed that the Army used airplanes to drop the chemicals in Corpus Christi, but sprayers were mounted on station wagons and buildings in St. Louis.

“It was pretty shocking. The level of duplicity and secrecy. Clearly they went to great lengths to deceive people,” Martino-Taylor observed. “This was a violation of all medical ethics, all international codes, and the military’s own policy at that time.”

“There is a lot of evidence that shows people in St. Louis and the city, in particular minority communities, were subjected to military testing that was connected to a larger radiological weapons testing project.”

Last month, both Missouri Sens. Claire McCaskill (D) and Roy Blunt (R) demanded that Army Secretary John McHugh come clean about the testing. For its part, the Army refused to comment on the matter until it had responded to the senators, the AP reported. 

Doris Spates was a baby when her father died inexplicably in 1955. She has watched four siblings die of cancer, and she survived cervical cancer.

After learning that the Army conducted secret chemical testing in her impoverished St. Louis neighborhood at the height of the Cold War, she wonders if her own government is to blame.

In the mid-1950s, and again a decade later, the Army used motorized blowers atop a low-income housing high-rise, at schools and from the backs of station wagons to send a potentially dangerous compound into the already-hazy air in predominantly black areas of St. Louis.

http://washingtonexaminer.com/secret-cold-war-tests-in-st.-louis-raise-concerns/article/feed/2035889#.UG60hpjR4eo


WHAT REALLY HIT THE PENTAGON ON 9/11?


We’ve just watched a really mind-blowing documentary film about 9/11 – in particular the supposed attack on the Pentagon.

BTW Does anybody know why this building has five sides?

The movie is entitled

National Security Alert

(click to view)

If you only watch one 9/11 film in your life, then I suggest you spend one hour twenty minutes on this movie.

This is what the makers say about the documentary:

In 2006 Citizen Investigation Team launched an independent investigation into the act of terrorism which took place at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.

This exhaustive three-year inquest involved multiple trips to the scene of the crime in Arlington, Virginia, close scrutiny of all official and unofficial data related to the event, and, most importantly, first-person interviews with dozens of eyewitnesses, many of which were conducted and filmed in the exact locations from which they witnessed the plane that allegedly struck the building that day.

Be forewarned: Our findings are extraordinarily shocking and frightening. They are also deadly serious, and deserving of your immediate attention. This is not about a conspiracy theory or any theory at all.

This is about independent, verifiable evidence which unfortunately happens to conclusively establish as a historical fact that the violence which took place in Arlington that day was not the result of a surprise attack by suicide hijackers, but rather a false flag “black operation” involving a carefully planned and skillfully executed deception.

(More at citizeninvestigationteam.com)


LIES, DAMNED LIES AND INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES


ARE YOUR UNREAD EMAILS PILING UP?

If you’re prone to worrying about leaving your emails to pile up rather than deal with them promptly, then hold on, you’re in good company.

The Pakistani secret service, the ISI, hasn’t answered theirs for over a year.

PAKISTANI INTER SERVICES INTELIGENCE AGENCY

But wait you say, that’s no big deal, most emails are junk anyway. They’re probably only spam and letters from relatives raving about the holidays you weren’t invited to go on with thousands of pictures of people you never want to see again.

UNITED STATES’ CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

However, according to the Wall Street Journal, the emails are from the CIA laying out the targets and locations of the next month’s drone attacks.

And the ISI won’t reply so they can claim it is nothing to do with them…

And in the crazy world of counter-terrorism and international law, the US government lawyers regard this as tacit approval, because Pakistan does respond in kind.  It does this by “de-conflicting” its airspace – in normal speech – Pakistan prevents its aircraft from flying in the areas concerned.

In an April speech, White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said the administration has concluded there is nothing in international law barring the U.S. from using lethal force against a threat to the U.S., despite the absence of a declared war, provided the country involved consents or is unable or unwilling to take action against the threat.

So that’s okay then.

LAUNCH THEM DRONES…


Drugs, politics, Mexican Narco-cartels and Mormons


Drugs, politics, Mexican Narco-cartels and Mormons. What could be more exciting?

In this set of 7 short films, VICE founder Shane Smith went down to Ciudad Juárez, near the US border, to investigate this bizarre story.

We learn how the “Mormon Manson” turned his family into assassins, leading to the murder of 40 people, all in the name of blood atonement. The cartel boss “El Rikin” gets revenge against a local Mormon community leader.

The Mormons illegally arm themselves and implement counter-terrorism techniques the US military used in Iraq and Afghanistan. VICE team is stalked by the cartel after going on patrol with the police and drinking with the Mormons.

We also learn what Mitt Romney’s Mexican cousins think about his strict immigration policies. VICE talks to Mitt Romney’s Mexican relatives about the time a family member was kidnapped and held for ransom by the cartel.

We also hear how the so-called War On Drugs has failed and ideas on how to reduce the violence.



Britain has colluded with the Pakistani leadership for decades as a way of stopping democratic change which would weaken the UK’s power in the region. It is the same in Egypt where successive UK governments have worked behind the scenes with the Muslim Brotherhood to prevent nationalist and liberal forces gaining power. See also the coup against a democratically elected government in Iraq orchestrated by the CIA and MI6 which put the Shah in power. Blame the ones who created this situation – blame the UK and US.


Abby Martin Explains Why Obama Will NOT Prosecute Any Of The Bush War Criminals


Do you still believe the US administration is telling the whole truth about 9/11?


NATIONAL inSECURITY, SECRECY, TORTURE AND LIES


Is there anything more insidious than NATIONAL SECURITY?

Everybody knows governments do terrible things in our name and then claim they are protecting the nation.

But in reality they only protect the interests of a few as these agencies are working for a small elite and see their populations as part of the problem. They spy on us and feed us bullshit while claiming they are protecting us from the very violent groups they employ for their games of conquest and control.

Now they are attempting to add another level of legal secrecy to cover-up their evil practices. Torture is illegal under all circumstances – there are no exceptions whatsoever. 

This vile government and the shitty New Labour administration before them are complicit in crimes against humanity – they acted as the US’s stooge and assisted in rendition and torture against suspects and haven’t got the courage to admit it. So they try and change the law to hide this from public scrutiny.

It is important to remember that in Britain the elite are drawn from a very small group of people. They went to the same few schools, the same two universities and come from a small number of trusted families. It’s been this way for centuries and our rulers don’t want it to change as they are totally corrupted by power.

So-called democracy hasn’t changed this power structure because the elites control the law, military, media and state. 

Below is a report from the UK Guardian explaining the Justice and Security Bill is currently in the Lords (unelected elites) under scrutiny from senior former judges and lawyers (also part of establishment). If passed it will allow the government to apply to the courts in civil cases for evidence either to be struck out altogether through a public interest immunity certificate or heard in secret if disclosure in open court would prejudice national security.

In actuality this means either revealing torture or that the states was complicit in other illegal activities.

But remember, judges are from the small elite – they probably played at Eton or Harrow with members of the government – and you can read that in several ways!

At present the government can only apply for a public interest immunity certificate to protect sensitive intelligence material from being disclosed or even considered by the judge.

Ministers are trying to introduce an additional avenue for sensitive material in civil cases to be heard through a closed material procedure, where the evidence could be examined in private by the judge, prosecution lawyers and a special advocate acting on behalf of the claimant. Strict limits would be imposed on what the special advocate could disclose to the claimant.

Concern about the government’s plan – contained in the Justice and Security Bill – was expressed by Prof Juan Méndez, the UN’s special rapporteur on torture. “If a country is in possession of information about human right abuses, but isn’t in a position to mention them, it hampers the ability to deal effectively with torture,” he said. Méndez, himself a victim of torture in his native Argentina in the 1970s, was speaking at the thinktank Chatham House on Monday night.

After attacking the US for what he called the “extensive use of state secrets” to suppress evidence of torture and other abuses, Méndez referred to the so-called control principle, which allows governments to determine how its intelligence can be used once shared with another state.

UK Ministers claim the secrecy is needed to protect its intelligence-sharing relationship with the US and other governments, while critics argue it is to conceal crimes committed by the British government, including involvement in the rendition and torture of British citizens suspected of being terrorists.


9/11 INTERCEPTED – PILOTS FOR 9/11 TRUTH


Another 9/11 documentary on TOP DOCUMENTARY FILMS

What happened on the morning of September 11, 2001? Why were US defenses ineffective? Pilots For 9/11 Truth analyze NORAD response, Audio recordings as well as Radar data provided by government agencies.

War Games, Simulated radar tracks, aircraft exceeding their max operating limits by more than 130-150 knots, inaccurate aircraft position reports, false aircraft target reports, aircraft converging – flying virtually in formation with – and then diverging from reported 9/11 aircraft, fighters launched in the wrong direction, aircraft seemingly still airborne after the alleged attack, poor communications, phones not working…

Pilots for 9/11 Truth is an organization of aviation professionals and pilots throughout the globe who have gathered together for one purpose. They’re are committed to seeking the truth surrounding the events of the 11th of September 2001.

Their main focus concentrates on the four flights, maneuvers performed and the reported pilots. They do not offer theory or point blame at this point in time. However, they are focused on determining the truth of that fateful day based on solid data and facts – since 9/11/2001 is the catalyst for many of the events shaping our world today – and the United States Government doesn’t seem to be very forthcoming with answers or facts.


Settler’s Vehicle Rams Child In Bethlehem


How long can these injustices continue?

Occupied Palestine | فلسطين

Thursday September 13, 2012 04:09 by Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies

A Palestinian child was seriously injured after being hit by a settlers’ vehicle as she was walking home from school in Tiqoua’ village, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem.


File – Settler’s Vehicles Hitting Children In Jerusalem – AFP Photo – ILIA YEFIMOVICH

Medical sources reported that the child was identified as Hayat Mohammad Suleiman, 8 years old. She was walking back home from school on the main road that is also used by Israeli settlers living in illegal Israeli settlements in the area.

The sources added that an Israeli ambulance arrived at the scene and moved the child to Hadassah Israeli Hospital in Jerusalem.

Last month, an Israeli settler driving in Jaber Neighborhood, in the southern West Bank of Hebron, hit a Palestinian child then drove off in what appears to be a ramming attack, medical…

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NYPD Use Fake Facebook Profiles


And you wondered who these weird people sending ‘Friend requests’ really were…


BLOGGERS FOR 9/11 TRUTH


Most people can remember what they were doing on the 11th of September 2001, yet most people do not know what really happened on that day.

Since then hundreds of thousands of innocent folk have died – men, women and children – and don’t forget the awful effects on the environment of all these bombs, missiles and other acts of war – yet most of the world does not believe the US government’s account.

So I suggest you think for yourself – examine the evidence – consider, critically evaluate and discuss this event with others. What is definite is that nation states do lie and run False Flag Operations – the UK has done it many times, the US has done it many times. Russia has done it, no doubt every miltary power does.

Think what being a ‘military power’ means…

There are several key questions to consider when thinking about the attack on the World Trade Center:

What was the historical relationship between US intelligence and Osama Bin Laden?

Why exactly did the Twin Towers collapse? There are many related issues here – the buildings were designed to withstand exactly this type of impact. No buildings of this type anywhere else in the world have suffered catastrophic collapse due to fire and this design is still being used for new buildings.

Why were no fighter jets scrambled to intercept the airliners? This is one of those unbelievable coincidences that strike you as crazy when studying 9/11 – there was supposedly a training exercise running at the very moment it happened with a scenario of jets crashing into the World Trade Centre.

It’s worth comparing this to the London 7/7 bombings – there were training scenarios running at the same time these explosions went off. Do you believe that? Also,  why was no actual video footage of the four alleged7/7 bombers released or shown.

Why did Building 7 collapse? Building 7 was another huge construction on the site which wasn’t hit by anything but fell like a controlled demolition.

Why did President Bush keep reading to primary school kids for some time after he knew what was happening? There’s film of this – watch his face.

Why did Bush and his cronies keep saying Iraq was responsible?

What really hit the Pentagon? There’s film of this – check out the hole and wreckage – do you really believe a jet airliner caused that? Listen to professional pilots who say a commercial airliner couldn’t have flown that path and angle.

Why wasn’t there a proper investigation?

Why were members of the Bin Laden family secretly flown out of the USA without being questioned?

Why was the head of Pakistani intelligence in New York that day and why was money wired to him and leaders of the terrorists?

Why were wives of the dead vilified and had their calls for proper investigations blocked?

Why if most of the alleged hijackers Saudi Arabians did the US attack Iraq?

Why did so many of the survivors and first-responders report multiple explosions in the towers like a controlled demolition? Have you seen a controlled demolition? Watch some online then compare to the Twin Towers and Building 7 collapses.

Why did US Navy Seals supposedly kill Osama Bin Laden if the US authorities claim he was behind the 9/11 attacks? Why not put him on trial? 

Why are so many experts and senior people all over the world calling for a proper investigation?

The best place to start this examination is at TOP DOCUMENTARY FILMS – they have 44 documentaries on 9/11 alone.

Here’s the link – check it out and let’s have an informed debate…

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/category/911/

Also check out these other bloggers comments:

http://hiphopandpolitics.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/looking-back-on-9-11-terror-attacks-11-years-later-the-terror-still-continues/

http://maddsuspicions.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/911-11-years-on-bush-and-his-cohorts-should-be-in-prison/

http://jeenyuscorner.com/2012/09/10/president-of-italys-supreme-court-to-refer-911-crimes-to-international-criminal-court-the-jeenyus-corner/



Brilliant article about the long-term effects of the 9/11 attacks

Davey D's Hip Hop Corner

Looking back 11 years ago at the 9-11 Terror Attacks, its sad to see the assaults against innocent people in America didn’t stop with those planes crashing into the World Trade & the Pentagon…

I recall that fateful day, how our heart went out to first responders like those brave officers in NYPD who lost their lives.. We embraced them and held them up high and gave them all that they needed to protect the city. 11 years later we have come to see how NYPD took their newly granted powers and use in the most vicious ways against fellow New Yorkers..

We’ve seen NYPD under the guise of ‘fighting terror’ use tactics like Stop and Frisk resulting in them inconveniencing and often times absolutely humiliated close to 700k people last year alone.. Under Stop and Frisk we’ve seen over 85% of those stopped being young Black and Brown males…

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Google “Operation Gladio” and “P2 masonic conspiracy” for more mind-blowing stuff…

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President of Italy’s Supreme Court to Refer 9/11 Crimes To International Criminal Court

Says that 9/11 was “False Flag” Terror, Just Like the Strategy of Tension in Italy

Ferdinando Imposimato is the honorary President of the Supreme Court of Italy, and former Senior Investigative Judge, Italy.

Imposimato presided over several terrorism-related cases, including the kidnapping and ultimate assassination of President Aldo Moro, the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II, other political assassinations and kidnapping cases and several cases against the Mafia. He is a former Senator who served on the Anti-Mafia Commission in three administrations.

Imposimato is also a former legal consultant to the United Nations regarding institution of laws to control drug trafficking.

This week, Judge Imposimato stated publicly in writing that 9/11 was just like the “strategy of tension” carried out in Italy.

Specifically, the former Italian Prime Minister, Italian judges…

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PARENTS – YOU CAN’T LIVE WITH ‘EM, YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT ‘EM


This morning, I would like to quote from perhaps the best satire written in the English language – namely Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift. Most people are aware of only some parts of the first part of the first voyage in which Gulliver finds himself in Lilliput.  Here the inhabitants grow to no more than 6 inches high and the hero of the novel is considered to be a giant. However, there are many other voyages covered in the book but these are normally left out of popular versions of the story because they are considered unfit for children due to their often crude subject matter and highly satirical nature.

As a student of literature I can recommend this as one of the top novels ever written.

My point here is to tell you about a short passage in the book where Swift, in an allusion to the reference in the 10 Biblical Commandments to ‘honour thy father and mother’, says the following:
“The Lilliputians … will never allow that a child is under any obligation to his father for begetting him, or to her mother for bringing her into the world; which, considering the miseries of human life, was neither a benefit in itself, nor intended so by his parents, whose thoughts in their love-encounters were otherwise employed. Upon these and the like reasonings, their opinion is that parents are the last of all others to be trusted with the education of their own children…”

After Gulliver escapes from Lilliput he arrives at the Kingdom of Brobdingnab where he is only 6 inches tall and the native inhabitants are giants. After many escapades he becomes friendly with the King and many brilliant discussions take place which allows the author to poke fun at our society and our warlike nature. The King of Brobdingnab is appalled to hear of the lies and machinations of our political classes, our evil military inventions and downright cruelty to one another and comments:

In subsequent voyages Gulliver meets a wide range of weird and wonderful people and in the final chapter makes the acquaintance of a race of rational horses who live side by side with a race of horrible, filthy animals called Yahoos. Of course, we are the Yahoos and the internet company of the same name is named after this literary invention.


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CULTURE IN DECLINE – PETER JOSEPH


Click here to watch a brilliant short film by Peter Joseph, creator of the Zeitgeist movies.

In US election year, Peter sardonically examines American democracy and shows how the capitalist system controls our thoughts and actions so there are no real choices. He shows how puppet politicians are bankrolled by corporations and asks why we need these leaders at all. This is the same point I make in Womanifesto and we agree that modern leaders play the same role as kings, emperors and dictators did formerly.

For democracy to work, all citizens must be educated to understand the issues, yet critical thinking and logic are ignored and learning by rote is taught to millions. Joseph argues the US two party political system is a con – there is no real choice and all good change derives from pressure from below – not the Republican and Democratic parties.

He also shows how the big parties came together to set up and control the Presidential debates so killing intelligent discussion and stopping smaller parties getting airtime. This is exactly the same as in the UK and most other so-called democracies. Noam Chomsky has been saying this for years.

Even now as more and more species become extinct, the climate changes to who knows what and humanity teeters on the brink of disaster, most folk are more interested in inane celebrities, fashion and consumerism.

Peter also shows how religion creates an unthinking populace who do as they are told rather than questioning everything.

So if you care about the future, the ecosystem and your own minds – watch and engage with this film – what could be more important?


HISTORY OF WIKILEAKS DOCUMENTARY


Impressive and important Swedish documentary on

TOP DOCUMENTARY FILMS

about the growth, people and philosophy of Wikileaks

a must-see…

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/wikirebels/


PERFIDIOUS ALBION Pt 2


Britain has a bad record with regard to Egypt – we’ve used and abused their people for decades. MI6 organised coup attempts, we invaded over the Suez canal and planned many attempts on Nasser’s life rather than accept the will of the Egyptian people.

What many people don’t know is that we also conspired with the Muslim Brotherhood many times – even though the Foreign Office knew the Brotherhood were no friends of the English, but because they calculated the Muslims were the lesser of two evils. 

Now the Guardian has revealed much of the money stolen by Mubarak and his family and cronies was laundered through the City of London. And to add insult to injury, we’ve let them move it around with impunity – enabling the criminals to hide vast amounts from Egyptian investigators.

For more details see http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/sep/02/scandal-mubarak-regime-millions-assets-uk 

Also read Secret Affairs by Mark Curtis. Curtis’s book shows how the UK conspired with some of the most unsavoury regimes such as the Saudi Arabians and most feared terrorist groups in the world.

It’s almost funny the way the British state talks about law and order when they’ve had absolutely no respect for anything but power and riches for the past few centuries.

They have no shame…



This is highly impressive and timely…

The Jeenyus Corner

By Erik Garcés
WE THE PEOPLE NETWORK

I study history and understand that the criminal actions of this illegitimate government are prompted by weakness and fear. We, the armed citizens out number the police and military by an order of magnitude and this does not include the oath keepers who will refuse orders. I keep repeating this because its so fundamental to everything and yet so misunderstood if even known about at all: ALL government is by consent of the governed. This is an undeniable fact of history.

In order to generate fear on the part of the people and thus generate ‘consent’, the criminals need to show that there is a threat to people’s safety. Understand that they know full well that a war against the American people is unwinnable for them. If we can see it then you damn well know they can. But these criminals do one…

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Available as a paperback and ebook at Amazon.co.ukAmazon.com

A thrilling story of love, courage and humour with a crucial
message of hope and change for the entire planet.

Available as a paperback and ebook at Amazon.co.ukAmazon.com

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Who Believes the Bin Laden “Death Story”?


This is from today’s Guardian.

A first-hand account of the US Navy Seal raid that killed contradicts previous accounts by administration officials, raising questions over whether he presented a clear threat when he was first fired upon.

Bin Laden apparently was hit in the head when he looked out of his bedroom door into the top-floor hallway of his compound as Seals rushed up a narrow stairwell in his direction, according to a former Navy Seal writing under the pseudonym Mark Owen in No Easy Day. The book is to be published next week by Penguin’s Dutton imprint.

I don’t believe OBL was ever killed in this made-up raid. Why would the US kill him if all the stories were true about OBL leading the al Qaeda network? Wouldn’t they want to torture him for all the information they could extract then kill him?

Read “Secret Affairs: Britain’s Collusion with Radical Islam” by Mark Curtis and see how both the UK and US created intelligence assets for decades to foil the legitimate aspirations of Middle Eastern folk for self-determination and tell me you believe anything about so-called terrorism… 


It’s Justice, but not as we know it Jim… Part 2


Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Walid bin Attash, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali and Mustafa al-Hawsawi were held for years in CIA in black sites and subject to what the US government euphemistically terms “enhanced interrogation methods” before being transferred to military custody at Guantanamo in September 2006.

With another choice euphemism, the government describes them as “participants in the CIA programme”. That participation exposed them to “classified sources, methods and activities”. 

The challenge the government faces is how to prosecute people who have been tortured without putting the torturers and those who authorised them on trial, too. Of course, no one responsible for CIA torture has actually been put on trial, but these 9/11 defendants are a weak link in the wall of unaccountability.

If they testify or speechify about their “participation” in the CIA’s interrogation programme, then journalists and others observing the military commission might hear things that the government claims would cause “exceptionally grave damage to national security”. To avert that possibility, the government has produced a protective order to make everything the defendants say presumptively classified, pending completion of a classification review. 

If the government’s order is accepted by Judge James Pohl, then every time one of the defendants speaks, the sound will be cut off to the observation booth at the back of the courtroom where journalists and observers sit and to other remote sites where the proceedings are being projected. The sound system in that courtroom is set up for a 40-second audio delay, a feature utilised at other hearings that have taken place in it, including the 2008 arraignment of these five defendants. 

In this case, however, the protective order would impose not a brief delay or selective blockage, but full-scale censorship. Only those words cleared by censors would ever be heard, later. Actually, they would never be “heard”, but rather would be made available in the form of redacted transcripts. If the government prevails, observers at any of the 9/11 hearings would see, but not hear those on trial. 

Lisa Hajjar – professor of sociology at the University of California

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/08/2012823111036281258.html

Now for a laugh – The Kid’s page on the CIA website

(I’m not spoofing)


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Both the BBC and Guardian today feature a research project which followed a group of over 1,000 people from birth to the age of 38, and has produced the first convincing evidence, claim the researchers, that cannabis has a different and more damaging effect on young brains than on those of adults.

Around 5% of the group used cannabis at least once a week in adolescence or were considered dependent on it. Between the age of 13 and 38, when all members of the group were given a range of psychological tests, the IQ of those who had been habitual cannabis users in their youth had dropped by eight points on average.

Giving up cannabis made little difference – what mattered was the age at which young people began to use it. Those who started after the age of 18 did not have the same IQ decline.

“This work took an amazing scientific effort,” said Professor Terrie Moffitt of King’s College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, one of the authors.

“We followed almost 1,000 participants, we tested their mental abilities as kids before they ever tried cannabis, and we tested them again 25 years later after some participants became chronic users.

“Participants were frank about their substance abuse habits because they trust our confidentiality guarantee, and 96% of the original participants stuck with the study from 1972 to today.

“It’s such a special study that I’m fairly confident that cannabis is safe for over-18 brains, but risky for under-18 brains.”

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/aug/27/cannabis-damaging-under-18s-study

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19372456

While I wouldn’t want to argue with this research without knowing more about it, there are a couple of points worth remembering, or not if you’re really stoned 🙂

Nowhere in either article does it mention that IQ is a disputed test of intelligence or that intelligence itself is a poorly understood concept. IQ has been shown to favour certain cultures and can be changed by family culture, particular education and nutrition. Furthermore there are many types of intelligence and those with supposed high IQ scores are often the ones who quite happily abuse their lower scoring sisters and brothers. IQ says nothing about social awareness.

Also, if cannabis use harms memory, how can researchers be sure the correspondents remembered what they took?

IQ is the most researched approach to intelligence and by far the most widely used in practical setting. However, although IQ attempts to measure some notion of intelligence, it may fail to act as an accurate measure of “intelligence” in its broadest sense. IQ tests only examine particular areas embodied by the broadest notion of “intelligence”, failing to account for certain areas which are also associated with “intelligence” such ascreativity or emotional intelligence.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intelligence_quotient#Criticism_and_views

The researchers claim that this might explain “underachievers” but this is a completely undefined quality. Who decides what worthwhile achievements are? Would The Beatles be considered to be “underachievers”?

Our very civilization is on the brink of destruction – species are becoming extinct more rapidly than ever before, the climate is changing for the worse, there’s the biggest build-up of arms ever and the gaps between rich and poor are wider than ever before, billions are hungry and the oceans are dying. Wouldn’t it be better to find out what causes this mindset , and as a matter of urgency

So far nobody claims this crazy behaviour is down to Rastafarians, hippies and ravers, yet those in control of society have blamed cannabis for all kinds of ills before and these have been shown to be little more than political propaganda.

Reefer madness anyone?

The study claims that those under 18 are particularly at risk and this needs further research. But I’d argue religion is at least as damaging to young minds as illicit drugs yet these dangerous myths are pushed into children’s heads without any research whatsoever.

Look at John Lennon’s killer, Mark Chapman.

He was raised on a military base (Fort Worth) his dad was abusive to his mum and unloving to his son, Chapman was involved in many Christian religious groups and he took illicit drugs as a teenager. All of these things probably lead to his problems in later life, yet drugs and violence have been researched in many studies but religion and the military mindset are supposed to be okay.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_David_Chapman

Chapman said he shot Lennon 5 times because he was angry Lennon had said the Beatles were “bigger than Jesus”

This is why I argue to keep religion out of schools and begin to disband the military and move away from aggressive nationalism.

We need to protect our kids from many dangerous things – so let’s not get blinded by the smokescreen of the War on Drugs too much – it’s just one of many things we need to sort out.

Some Stats on the War on US Drugs